A little background on Mark if you aren’t familiar with his story -- it’s quite inspiring. While living in a refugee camp in his native Lebanon, Mark discovered technology thanks to a couple of computers donated to the camp school by the United Nations. By the time he was 17, he had founded his first company. Before his 21st birthday, he had built the Middle East’s first 3D game, Lebanon’s first wireless Internet-based home remote control system, and an award-winning system for digitizing government records, among many other tech products. But to pursue his talent on the global stage, he had to be smuggled through a war zone to finish school in the USA. Once there, Mark slept in an attic and worked in a gas station while he continued his graduate studies, ultimately creating an early smart-vehicle system for the U.S. Military.
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With thousands of people in the audience, some in tears, Mark closed his talk:
“Your future is not defined by your origins, but by the size of your dreams and the depth of your determination. Never believe that something is impossible because of who you are or where you come from. I am living proof of that. Life is difficult and hard and chaotic but you always have the choice to fight for what you want and what you believe in. All you need is to believe in yourself and have the resilience to face these challenges. And while at it, try to enjoy the beauty of all this chaos.”
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